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Pentagon: 1 weapons bundle seized by militants

The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

Georgia Dems invoke Ferguson in election plea

Georgia Democrats are using the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to rally black voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election, with Republicans calling the move "race-baiting."

Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste

A maverick Republican senator criticized faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs among the projects completed on the taxpayers' tab in his annual collection of billions of dollars of government waste, released Wednesday.

The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates

Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

Feds loosen eligibility for parent loan program

The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

US consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September

U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.

Democratic chair: Election is 'neck and neck'

The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is "a neck and neck" situation.

US gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.

A newsman's life: Pentagon Papers to Watergate

Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday at age 93, took a sleepy hometown newspaper and transformed it into a great one.

Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

Freed Vietnamese dissident travels to US: official

The State Department welcomed Tuesday the release of one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, as the U.S. urges the authoritarian government in Hanoi to improve its human rights record and smooth the way for stronger relations.

North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained

North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held.

Final Florida debate for gov. heated and personal

Florida's leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each other over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty.

SC challengers hammer Gov. Haley in last debate

The two major challengers to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used their final debate Tuesday to attack her handling of problems at the state's child welfare agency and what they said is her lack of support for a law to take guns away from people convicted of criminal domestic violence.

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